Coconut Oil for Dogs

Tree of lifeWe all love our pets and want them to live long, healthy lives. Whether your four-legged friend is a cat, dog, ferret, or even a bird, you want what’s best for him. When our pets are happy, so are we, and when they are suffering, we suffer with them. When I first found out about the advantages of organic coconut oil, I learned that it’s as good for our pets as it is for us. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised to learn of all the health benefits not only for myself but for my pets.

It’s always a wise decision to speak to your doctor when trying something new, especially if you have never had it before. The same goes for your pet, you should speak with the vet. You want to make sure you and your pet don’t carry a food allergy. It’s smart to slowly introduce it to your daily diet. The recommended dose for coconut oil for pets is 1/4 teaspoon for each 10 pounds, taken twice a day but you should slowly introduce the organic coconut oil to your pet’s diet.

When I included it in my diet, I started out with just a 1/2 teaspoon in my coffee. After a few days, I slowly increased it. For my pet, though, I started out with just a little amount in her water bowl and slowly worked my way up to the recommended dose. It can also be mixed with their food if that’s easier. My friend feeds it to her pet ferret daily and says her pet is incredibly active with an improved digestive tract. She definitely sees a change for the better in her ferret’s fur which is shiny and healthy.

I feel very confident feeding it to my pet because it’s really good for the teeth, gums, and bad breath. Dental health is a big concern so it’s great to know that it will help with that. Coconut oil for pets is utilized two ways: taken internally and applied externally. It’s great for the immune system when ingested and helps soothe, treat, and heal skin problems when used externally. Coconut oil is 50% lauric acid, which is why it’s antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antimicrobial.

Some skin conditions include itchy skin, flea allergies, eczema or dermatitis. It also works to prevent and treat candida, heal wounds, and give your pet a healthy coat. Coconut oil for pets will help increase their energy, lose weight, as well as prevent and help control diabetes. Continued use will help improve digestion, improve oral health, help his body absorb vitamins and nutrients, and help heal stomach disorders.

You Can Choose!

I do not compete with my dogs. I am your average dog owner with more than average knowledge about dog behaviour.

I began my quest for information about dogs and training when I got my first dog, as an adult in my own home, 10 years ago. I like doing things “right” so I often try to learn as much as I can when I undertake something new.
In this case it was what to do with a new puppy.

I had dogs growing up but didn’t have much to do with them other than promise I would walk and occasionally feed them. My brothers were the ones to do any “real” training.

My first dog, in childhood, was a surprise for me when I came home from camp one year (I hated camp and swore I would never go back). As with many families, I think it was a gift motivated by parental guilt. That big black mutt named Sparky, didn’t last long to my recollection. I think I remember being told it went to a farm. In hindsight – a parent myself and a dog trainer – familiar with the ins and outs of “new puppy in the house” – my mom was likely overwhelmed by this new bundle of black love and told my dad it had to go.
My second dog in childhood, came to us as a 2 year old Lhasa Apso, Pebbles. She originally belonged to a cousin. She was a car chaser, a resource guarder, had handling issues and was a biter. Fun times! Again, my brothers trained her and I have no idea how or what they did.

Pebbles lasted until her natural death, many years later.

The next dog did not come until I was married and my children were older. Even before I got involved in professional dog training, I knew the bulk of work was going to fall on my shoulders and I was fully prepared to accept that responsibility. Then began the research.
A friend of mine had recently brought a puppy into her home and had a trainer in to help her. In addition to the books I read (many of them I would not suggest reading now) she suggested I use the dog trainer as well.
I arranged some sessions with the trainer in the hopes of doing the right thing by my new puppy. I was going to sign up for puppy classes but thought I’d get started right away with in home training.

Anyone reading this, likely has or had a puppy and knows one of the first things a new puppy will do is bite. And bite. And bite. It’s a very normal thing for puppies to do.

A West Highland Terrier puppy – or any terrier puppy for that matter – will have you in tears in short order. Or was that just me?

Razor sharp milk teeth hurt!

Most of the reading I had done as well as talking to the Vet, suggested holding the pup’s mouth shut when he bit as well as flipping the puppy on his back and not letting him up until he stopped struggling; which unfortunately I did
The dog trainer had suggested every time he bites, I should smack his chin in an upward motion, hard enough to hurt. I tried a couple of times. Each time she said, No, not hard enough, do it again. Each time I did it, she said No, do it harder.

I could not.
The same sort of instruction was given for leash walking. When my dog pulled, I was to “pop” the leash, hard enough to cause pain/discomfort so he wouldn’t do it again. If he didn’t return fast enough on a recall, I was to “pop” the leash 3 times.
I could not.
Thus began my journey towards better dog training.

I am writing about this because there have been tremendous advances in animal training. Years ago, it was thought the only way to train an animal was with compulsion methods – forcing an animal to comply often through fear of harsh physical punishment. Yes, you can get fast results. You also get a dog who is often afraid to offer behaviour for fear of being punished. What you get are behaviours that are suppressed, not changed.

There are many trainers who continue to train this way. I am not one of them.
I researched and researched and read and read and kept searching for other ways of teaching my dog. I found many trainers; marine mammal trainers, exotic animal trainers, search and rescue trainers, police dog trainers and many others who were able to train dogs without fear, force, pain or intimidation.
The message I want to get out is that you need to ask questions of the trainer you want to bring in to your home. There are many good referral sources, two of which are, CCPDT and TRULY FRIENDLY DOG TRAINING.

Ask the trainer questions.
-What equipment do you use?
If it involves prong collars, choke collars, e-collars you may want to look for someone else.
-If my dog does something wrong what do you recommend? If it involves “popping” the dog or holding him down or physically harming him in any way, you may want to look for someone else.
-If he pulls on leash what do I do? If they suggest a “training” collar, you may want to look for someone else.
If at any point the trainer asks you to do something you are not comfortable with – question it, don’t do it just because a trainer tells you to. Your gut will lead you in the right direction.
I am not saying force free methods are the only way to train. I am saying it is the only way I choose to train.

All About Dog Vaccines

It’s not one of those “the more the merrier” kind of thing. You know, if taking two pills a day will get you well in 10-days, then taking 20 pills right now should make you better by tomorrow. That could work if you consider being well the same thing as dying from an overdose.

Vaccines for dogs are another case-in-point. Puppies require their shots at the appropriate time. But not yearly for the great majority of vaccines. Cat lovers are learning this the hard way. By giving their feline friends too many drops, chews or needles it can lead to vaccination-associated tumors. One exception are treatments to curb Lyme disease and kennel cough. There’s a risk, though. Make sure you’re aware of any bad things which could happen by over-medicating.
For example, too many Lyme disease vaccines have the potential of bringing on allergies, generalized arthritis and other immune diseases.

When your pet gets a dose of preventative, it will probably take about 2-weeks for the full effect to kick-in. And it’s not the secret potion that protects your pet. The dog’s system reacts by antibodies of its own to combat the shot it was given. That means giving your mutt a treatment right before they’re exposed to something weird or about to head to the kennel is pretty stupid. It’s a waste of preventatives.

Turns out that products sold in feed stores are not the same high quality of stuff that you’d get from the vet. Periodically you’ll run across a batch that’s been sitting in a warm or sunlight smothered warehouse. Bad. The potency will be lost under these conditions. The safest approach is to get it from a trusted source like a doctor.

Imagine that you are bringing home a cute, little pup from the local animal shelter. Here’s the schedule you need to know, especially what shots they have already had and which ones they’ll still need.
• Distemper, canine adenovirus (infectious canine hepatitis) and canine parvovirus should be given at 7-9 weeks of age, 12-13 weeks of age and at 16-18 weeks of age.
• Intranasal kennel cough (bordatella) vaccine needs to be administered at 12 and 18 weeks of age.
• Rabies virus vaccination, that’s three-year rated, should come at 12-16 weeks of age.
As for adult dogs, they shouldn’t be stuck any more than every 3-years. The exceptions are the ones we mentioned above.
States mostly mandate that a rabies vaccination needs to be given annually. However, there are some medicines that last around 3-years. If it’s mandated that they get stuck yearly your vet will probably dole-out a thiomersal-free, non-adjuvanted vaccine.

How Do You Train a Dog?

If you are thinking of getting a dog or have recently acquired a dog or puppy, you should plan and organise the time to train the dog. Many people choose a dog based on their previous meetings with similar dogs, or just that a puppy looks cute. Good breeders should provide information on the character and activity levels of a dog, but sometimes a puppy is taken home with owners who are not even aware that any dog training is required.

The three main elements of dog training include toilet training, socialisation and obedience training. Most puppies go to their new homes at the age of 8 weeks. Where a puppy has been raised in a home environment by a responsible breeder, the puppy may be partially toilet trained to wee on newspaper when they are indoors. Puppies only have small bladders and can only go without urinating for short periods. At the age of eight weeks, puppies can go for two hours without urinating. So even if they have been toilet trained, when there is no-one at home to let them on the garden, they have no choice but to wee in the house.

Socialisation is very important and often overlooked or misunderstood. Certain dog breeds are genetically pre-disposed to being friendly with unfamiliar dogs. Other breeds can have a tendency to be protective of their owner and may show aggression to unfamiliar dogs, particularly when not socialised correctly at a young age. Puppy socialisation involves introducing the dog to as many different dogs, people, children, sights and sounds as possible. This will help to ensure that the puppy grows into a well balanced and confident dog without any behaviour problems.

In addition to the question of how to train a dog, there is also the issue or why you should train a dog. Although breed characteristics and inherited natures can influence a dog’s behaviour, it is how the owner responds to and trains the dog that has a greater impact. Untrained dogs can at best be difficult to live with, and at worst pose a risk to other people and pets. Examples of bad behaviour include pulling on the lead, jumping up at visitors, stealing food, not coming when called and general hyper activity. These behaviours can be corrected with training.

In order to train a dog, you need the knowledge to know how. There are many good books and videos available and also popular TV programmes demonstrating how to correct unwanted behaviour in dogs. Training classes are available for puppies and dogs of all ages and are good for both socialising your dog and for obedience training. Always use positive dog training methods which are based on ignoring unwanted behaviour and rewarding good behaviour you wish the dog to repeat.

Short training sessions of ten minutes at a time are all that is required. Focus on teaching the dog one command before trying to teach a new one. Practice daily and involve the whole family. Be consistent so that the dog learns quickly and does not get confused. It is important not to inadvertently reward unwanted behaviour. For example, when you come home and the dog jumps up to greet you, if you fuss the dog and talk to him you are effectively rewarding that behaviour. Start training a puppy from 8 weeks of age and teach him what behaviour is acceptable and what is not. Investing some time and effort in training your dog will improve the bond with your dog and ensure that you have a pet to be proud of.

How To House Train a Dog – Four Step Method

As a professional dog trainer I am called upon often to help people housebreak their dogs. Sometimes I work with puppies of 8 weeks old and other times it is adult dogs of 8 years old. Regardless of the age, the method is the same for house training a dog. If you can follow, to the letter, the following steps you will be able to potty train your pet.

The following are the four steps for potty training success:

1- Prevention- In the beginning stages of potty training prevention is the most critical. What that means is supervision. You’ve got to prevent your pet from going to the bathroom in the house.
In the beginning of your dog trainer efforts keep him or her on a leash in the house. If you aren’t home, are sleeping, or can’t watch the dog then use a crate or a kennel to keep him safe and secure.
2- Encourage good behavior- Encourage your pet to go to the bathroom outside. Use lots of praise and encouragement when your dog does his business in the yard. It is even appropriate to use treats for this type of training. Basically, you want to make him believe that going potty in the yard is one of the best things he or she has ever done.
3- Correct mistakes- When you catch your dog going potty in the house you must immediately correct that behavior. Use the leash and give a few firm corrections while you rush the dog outside. Don’t listen to a trainer that says you can’t correct the dog for indoor mistakes. You can, and should, but you must make sure that your timing is appropriate. You can only correct in the moment and never after.
4- Keep your dog on a basic schedule. A schedule includes keeping your dog on a food routine rather than allowing the dog to eat whenever he or she wants, monitoring water intake, and keeping your dog on a general bathroom schedule. Dogs thrive when they have structure and schedules and not providing this makes it more difficult to housebreak your dog. I have found that a great deal of house training problems with adult dogs stem from routine issues. Many people can just work on this step and find success.
Following these steps is a sure thing when it comes to house training a dog. If you can follow these steps your days of cleaning up dog waste in your house are over.

Training Your Dog

You know that dog owner we’ve all seen — the one flying by, being dragged around by his huge loping dog. The same one who is yelling for his dog to come to him while the dog is studiously ignoring him and running away? The very same one who is yelling at his dog for eating off counters? YOU don’t want to be that dog owner, do you?

Only a well-behaved dog can be a truly integrated part of your family, and of society as a whole. This is why taking the time and effort to train your your dog is an absolute must. Having a well-behaved dog, who can be included in your various family activities, and be taken with you wherever possible, leads to a much better experience for both your dog and you.Ready for puppy training

Moreover, training your dog is an incredible bonding experience, which strengthens and enhances your relationship with your dog. The time spent training your dog is a time that will help the two of you get to know and understand each other better.

When To Start Training Your Dog:

No time is too early to start training. This applies regardless of whether you have a puppy or an adult dog. If you have a puppy, remember that puppies are smart, and they can learn a lot at a very young age. It just takes patience, understanding and a concerted effort on your part.

If you have an adult dog, also start as soon as possible. If you start training at the very beginning, the dog will learn early on what is and what is not acceptable behavior to you. Even if you’ve had your dog for a while, and not trained her yet, start as soon as possible – now!

Especially if you have a puppy, you must keep your training sessions to only about 5 minutes each. One of the most important things to remember is to keep it short! Remember that dogs do best with multiple, short training sessions spread throughout the day, while very long training sessions can prove to be less effective and boring.

Training Books and Courses:

When learning how to train your dog on your own, good dog training books and courses are invaluable. There are innumerable dog training books out there, so to help you sort through this, I have put together the pros and the cons of some of the best dog training books. Pick the one you like, and start training your dog right away!

Schools for Training your Dog:

Take your dog to training school. The best schools will teach you how to train your dog. I far prefer these schools to those where you just hand the dog over and they train your dog for you. Training is a bonding experience that solidifies the relationship between the dog and his owner — and there is no substitute for this bond.

The Most Important Lesson: How To Train Your Dog to Come When Called

Whether or not your dog already understands his name, please don’t bypass this lesson. We promise you’ll learn something!

The first important item we all teach our dogs, even before we notice we’re doing any training, is that when we make a targeted specific sound, we want their attention. This “sound” is their name. This is the first step in how to teach a dog to come.

That’s all it is, and that’s all it will be used for.animal, beach, beagle

Many pet owners tend to think of their dog’s name as more than just that. They use it as a “catch-all” command with several meanings that vary depending on what they want their dog to do at the moment. Your dog may be the most intelligent dog in the world, but he is not a mind reader.

Your dog may be the most intelligent dog in the world, but he is not a mind reader.

You shouldn’t use your dog’s name any differently than a child’s name. Prepare to use your dog’s name in the same way you would when talking with a child – to get focus and attention. That’s it. Right after that, use other sounds (commands) and actions to tell or demonstrate him what you hope for him to do.

Important dog training advice: Even after your dog understands his name, he may persist with doing whatever he was doing when he hears you use it. Don’t get bothered or impatient. And don’t repeat his name: “Max… Max!… MAX!!!” Doing this will only teach your dog to neglect you until he hears his name over and over. We’ll give you more effective solutions.

So let’s get started with the lesson.

Training your dog to come.

Check out this lesson first, and then apply it with your dog.
1. First, fill up your pocket (or a bag or pouch) with 20 or so dog bones.
2. Go with your dog to a spot where there won’t be a lot of diversions.
3. Wait until your dog looks at something other than you, then call his name, but only once.
4. When he looks back at you, right away give him a treat and say “Good!” (Or whatever you have chosen as the primary reinforcing stimulus, term or clicker.)
5. Now move a few steps to another site and again wait for your dog to be looking away from you.
6. Call your dog’s name again and quickly reward him again with the snack and give encouragement as soon as he looks at you.
7. Repeat this process five times. If your dog was particularly distracted before replying to his name, give him additional praise and treats.

If your dog doesn’t do what you want
If you say his name and he doesn’t look at you, he may be too distracted. Move him a few paces to a different location and try again.

Call his name. Use an enthusiastic tone of voice. Give immediate rewards if he looks at you.

If he still doesn’t reply to his name, clap your hands, whistle or make another attention-getting sound. When he looks, say his name once again and immediately give the rewards. Do this as a final attempt. You want him to learn to respond to his name, not the other sounds.

Another approach: put the treat in your palm and let your dog sniff your enclosed fist so he’ll know it’s there. Remove your hand away and hold it until your dog looks away from you. Say his name and immediately reward his response.

If your dog continues to pay no attention to his name after many attempts, try moving to a less distracting location. (Distractions include smells, not just sights and sounds.)

Keep trying, be patient, and remember not to repeat his name. Give immediate rewards when he responds.

During these sessions, you’ll be training yourself as well as your dog. The meaningful lesson for you: Learn to say your dog’s name only once. This is hard for most people.

We rely on spoken dialogue. Dogs don’t. So you’ll have to train yourself not to do what may come naturally: reiterating yourself until you get a reply.

Rehearse this lesson a bunch of times each day during the week. Differ the time of day and location (both inside and outside). Do not, however, move to areas with greater distractions to challenge your dog with higher degrees of difficulty, even if he is a fast learner.

Focus on saying your dog’s name only once.

Remember: do not use your dog’s name as a “catch-all” command with multiple definitions. As your training progresses, you’ll learn that each desired action will have it’s own individual command (and it won’t be your dog’s name).

In Addition to Practicing This Lesson…
• Learn the method of encouragement that is the best motivation for your dog. Food treats can be kept fresh by placing them in sealable plastic bags and storing them in the fridge.
• Focus on positive reinforcement. You’ll be teaching your dog that paying attention to you and learning are fun. Your goal is to have an excited student, eager for each training session. Use treats your dog loves most, and give them immediately as swift reinforcers.
• Remember to use a blend of primary (treats) and secondary (praise or clicker) reinforcers together. When your dog responds accurately, immediately give the treat and say “Good!” Always use the same praise word/phrase.
• Have fun playing with your dog! Don’t focus all your time together on training. Spend lots of quality time just enjoying each other’s company. Teaching your dog to come is only part of the battle – the rest is bonding and building trust between you and your dog.

Making Money With A Dog Training Ready Made Website

In the past, it was certainly difficult for the ordinary person to create a website to advertise their service. Today, it is possible to promote your pet training services through a dog training ready-made website. This means that you can have an online presence without the need to have knowledge in web design.

The people who would benefit the most from a dog training turnkey website are typically, dog trainers. This is applicable whether you are a veteran trainer or just getting started. More and more people are coming online to find service providers, and the best way to enable people to find you is by having a professional site where you can display your services as a trainer.
A website can act as your resume. You can show potential clients your level of experience, your skills as well as any training you have that makes you a professional. Many clients want to work with a person who comes across as an expert; what better way to do this than to have a professional online resume displayed on your site?

A niche specific pet training website will usually come with all the content you require to promote your services. This includes both textual and visual content that is relevant to your profession. This will come in handy if you are not particularly great at expressing yourself through written content. This also means that you do not have to struggle with the HTML intricacies of creating content for the platform.

But what if you want to really brand this website? It is possible to customize it in a way that reflects your needs and your brand. You can add any services and products you offer in addition to the training. You may also add brand colors and graphics that represent you and your service offering.

You may have heard of the term “monetizing your website.” What this really means is doing more with this site to turn it to a moneymaking platform. One way expert dog trainers can do this is by incorporating an affiliate program to the site. There are numerous dog or pet related affiliate programs to link up with.

Essentially, you will be reviewing, promoting and selling the services or products associated with the affiliate network you enroll with. The more people who buy the products you are promoting through your website, the higher the commissions you will enjoy. This can be a great source of residual income for many years to come.

Dog trainers can benefit from monetizing their turnkey websites by enrolling for the AdSense ad program. This Google’s ad program allows publishers to host ads that are relevant to their site content. This increases the possibility that site visitors will click through these ads.

When the site visitors click through the ads, you as the site owner, will earn some revenue. It might not be much initially, but think about the small, accumulated dollars over time. So, make it easy for your clients to find you while you earn money through a dog training ready-made website.

The Benefits Of Training Your Pets

Bad DogWhen a dog becomes a part of your family, it is very important for you to ensure that they are taken care of properly. After all, the dog is going to look to you for the benefits that it needs, such as those of taking care of their health, making sure that they are eating properly, and to look after the exercise that they need as well. Something else that you may want to consider, however, is the importance of making sure that your dog is well trained. This can not only provide more of a comfortable atmosphere within the home, it also has benefits for both the dog and the dog trainer as well.

Of course, one of the most important reasons for you to train your dog is so that it will be obedient to your commands. This can not only make the dog more welcome within the home, it can actually save its life. Consider the following scenario. If you are outside with your animal and a gate happens to be open, the dog may tend to bolt. If the dog were not trained, it would continue to run and may end up getting hurt or perhaps even worse. After some obedience training, however, your dog will learn how to return when you have given the command to do so. It may take a firm voice, but your dog will likely turn around and come back into the yard again.

Another issue that can occur with the dog if it is not trained is that it can be a potential danger to those that are around them. In some cases, a dog is simply going to misbehave, but in other cases, it can cause harm to other individuals. Even if the dog does not intentionally want to cause harm to those people, jumping up on them when they enter into the home is one of the many examples of where injury could occur. In some cases it may knock people over, and in other cases, it may tear their clothing or perhaps scratch their skin. By training your dog well in advance, you will avoid those other problems.

If you are going to be training your dog in a group environment, it can also help to introduce your animal to other animals and make them more social. One of the problems that many people face with pet ownership is the fact that they cannot take their dogs anywhere. With the right type of training, however, they can not only be a loyal companion when you are inside the home, they can be a loyal companion when you go elsewhere as well.

Finally, consider the fact that obedience training is something that can bring both the dog and the owner closer to each other. It is not simply something that is going to teach your dog how to sit or to lay down on command, it can form a bond that will last for a lifetime. That is why many people that first begin training their dog to give them basic obedience find that it is enjoyable and continue to do so for the long term.

What to Look for in a Dog Trainer

When you’re in the market for a dog trainer, you’re putting a lot of faith in the expertise of another person. After all, a dog trainer can have a positive impact on your dog or a negative effect on your dog, but one thing you can count on: The effect will be lasting. So it’s important to know what you’re looking for when seeking out the dog trainer who will be making a very important imprint on your beloved pup.

Beware of gimmicks. There are a lot of them out there. Clicker training, treat training, prong collars, shock collars, and the list goes on. First of all, you want a dog trainer who uses natural methods, not gimmicks. So when you’re doing your due diligence, make sure that your dog trainer candidate speaks of pack leadership, pack mentality, and that the concept of the pack is central to his ideology with regard to dog training.

Flexibility. If you’re a senior citizen who prefers to stay close to home, you may not feel the need to take your dog to obedience classes. Your interests may lie more in developing habits that are specific to your stay-at-home lifestyle. Conversely, if you own a retail store and want to make sure that your dog is trained well to go to work with you and be one of those super cool “hanging in the store with my peeps” kind of dogs, you will want training that includes a lot of socialization. Ideally, your dog trainer will be able to provide both, but tailored to your needs.

Correction, yes; Punishment, no. If a dog trainer implements punishment, such as swatting or slapping, as part of his or her methods, kindly show them to the door and don’t look back. Some schools of thought subscribe to such techniques; however, it is misdirected and creates additional problems. Instead of building your dog’s confidence in you as his pack leader, he learns to fear you, which is a mixed and confusing signal with negative results. Correction should be firm, gentle, and redirect the dog to the desired behavior, which reinforces your role as confident pack leader.

Ongoing support. It’s realistic to say that dog trainers do not learn all there is to know about training dogs in one day, and neither will you. During your initial discussion, a dog trainer should be able to provide a reasonable expectation of the time involved to get the both of you off on the right track, but also be prepared to visit again should a new situation or behavior arise that is outside the bounds of your new skill set.